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Windows Phone 7 Preview

Windows Phone 7 review

With iOS, Android, WebOS, and dominating the smartphone scene, Microsoft has been noticeably absent from the game. Now they are aiming to change that with . Whether Microsoft will be able to pull a rabbit out of its hat and become relevant in the hearts and pockets of users is completely up to what Windows Phone 7 can do. The OS was recently previewed and it is promising to say the least, but is still flawed in some key areas.

The Good

  • While in lock mode you will have an at-a-glance look at time and date, incoming emails, calender appointments and texts. A simple upwards slide of the screen reveals the elegant dashboard, which uses a “tile” interface that is very well done. Your tiles are completely customizable, allowing you to “pin” your favorite and most used tiles to your home interface, such as playlists, people, webpages, and apps.
  • What you will notice right off the bat is that the touch screen response is incredibly fast. In fact, the smoothness of touch is right up there with as the most responsive UI on a smartphone ever.
  • The keyboard is one of the more important aspects of a smart phone (who talks anymore?), as users will definitely need a cooperative keypad when sending texts and emails. Windows Phone 7 manages to pull it off exceptionally well. The virtual keyboard works in both vertical and horizontal modes, and as expected, is better suited for horizontal use. Though, the feel of the keyboard shouldn’t be taken too seriously just yet, as we will have to wait to get our hands on a finished piece of retail hardware to gauge its comfort in use.

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Facebook Reaches 500 Million Users

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: News, Social Media,

Mark Zuckerberg announced on the official Facebook blog that the social network has reached 500 million users world wide. An incredible feat indeed, but If you think that 500 million is a lot now, then imagine just how many more will sign up after The Social Network hits theaters. Also announced was the new application “Facebook Stories”. This app allows the 500 million Facebook users to share stories of how Facebook has helped them to do something significant. “Stories” is meant to tell of the miraculous feats that can be accomplished through the open, ever changing social network that is Facebook. For instance “Ben, the 17 year old high school student”, used Facebook to get his network involved in a movement to save an old town theater in Kentucky. Now if only we can get the other 499,999,999 to stop posting meaningless drivel, and start taking advantage of using it as a source of grassroots empowerment. Perhaps Facebook Stories will spark this, but methinks it will become overrun with stories such as “Jake the 22 year old college student used Facebook to organize a fart.”

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Panasonic Lumix LX5 is the new Lumix king

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cameras,

Panasonic Lumix LX5

This morning hit us with the details of the forthcoming Lumix LX5 camera, and we’ve gotta say, it sounds awesome. Previously, the Lumix LX3 was the Lumix point-and-shoot that was most coveted in the line, with Panasonic focusing that camera on being able to take fantastic photos, despite boasting fewer megapixels than competing models. The LX5 takes things to the next level. It keeps the 10-megapixel CCD sensor (which we like,) and improves upon dynamic range and low-light performance. It’s got a better Leica lens and a new image processing engine—again, all focused on making your photos look great.

The Lumix LX5 Leica lens is an F2.0 24mm, and has 3.8x optical zoom (the LX3 has 2.0 zoom.) Obviously, if you want more zoom, you’ll have to look elsewhere, but if you can live with that limitation, you should seriously check this one out. It also records 720p video in AVCHD, and has an LED backlit display for better color reproduction and better visibility outdoors. Rounding things out are image stabilization, face recognition, and creative movie mode. The Lumix LX5 goes on sale in August for $499.

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Apple to give every iPhone 4 owner a free Bumper Case

Free iPhone 4 Case

This morning took the stage for a press conference to address the antenna issues that a small number of users have been experiencing. After Steve Jobs gave details on the antenna issue alongside data that Apple has collected, he announced that Apple would be sending free cases to iPhone 4 customers through September 30th. One caveat mentioned, though, is that Apple can’t seem to make enough Bumper Cases to meet demand, so to be true to their free case promise, they will source cases from their partner manufacturers as well. Starting late next week you’ll be able to sign up for your free case on the Apple website, and you can choose which case you’d like to receive. If you’ve already bought a bumper case, Apple will refund your money through September 30th as well.

Furthermore, for anyone who is dissatisfied with the iPhone 4 as a whole, Apple will allow you to return it with no restocking fee within 30 days, as long as it’s undamaged.

So there you have it!

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Bleeding Edge TV 355: Orange iPhone 4 Bumper Case

When the launched, there was a rush and quick shortage of the iPhone 4 . When Apple announced the cases, there were five colors announced (black, white, orange, blue, green, and pink,) but when the device launched, only the black case was available. The other colors are still super-hard to find, and currently have a three-week wait time when ordering them from the Apple Store. We were able to get our hands on the orange Bumper Case, and give you a quick video showing it off. Oh, and yes, we put it on backwards.

You can pick up an iPhone 4 Bumper Case from Apple for $29.


Motorola Droid X unboxing

Motorola Droid X home screen

The gets released next week, and we were able to get our hands on the device a bit early to bring you some coverage. In case you’re unfamiliar, the Droid X will be available on Verizon, and sports a 4.3-inch 480x854 display, 8 megapixel camera, and can record 720p HD. It also has the ability to act as a mobile 3G hotspot for up to 8 devices, and can connect to an external display using HDMI. Take a look at the images in our Motorola Droid X unboxing gallery, and look out for our review soon!

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White iPhone 4 photo gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Features, Handhelds,

White iPhone 4 back camera

As previously reported, Apple delayed the white iPhone 4 availability due to manufacturing challenges, and the smartphone should finally be available later this month, if Apple is to be believed. In the meantime, it looks like the white is starting to roll off of the manufacturing belt, as we’ve come across a ton of images of the device by way of Japan.

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Bleeding Edge TV 354: Unibody Mac mini vs. Apple TV vs. original Mac mini

With the newly redesigned unibody Mac mini, it appears that Apple is trying to bring the best of the original Mac mini and the current Apple TV together to make a more formidable machine. After all, the Mac mini is now the only Apple Mac computer that sports a built-in HDMI port, perfect for connecting it to your home theater. In this episode we compare the look and build of the new Mac mini, the original Mac mini, and the Apple TV.

You can pick up the unibody Mac mini at Apple now.


Bleeding Edge TV 353: Xbox 360 slim vs original Xbox 360

When Microsoft announced the new Xbox 360 S at , there were more questions than answers. Why release a new console? Is it just slimmer than the original Xbox 360? Should current Xbox 360 owners upgrade to the newer model? Well, we were able to get our hands on the new slim Xbox 360, and we aim to answer all those questions in this episode. We compare the new Xbox 360 up against the original model and run down all the various changes in the external appearance, the back panel connectors, and some of the internals. If you have anymore questions about the new model after viewing, just drop them in the comments.

You can pick up the Xbox 360 S at Amazon now.


Amazon Kindle DX: Now $379, 50% more contrast, new color

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Hot Deals,

Kindle DX graphite

Hot on the heels of the Amazon Kindle price drop, the company has just released a new and improved Kindle DX. The most obvious change is the new color, as the Kindle DX is now darker than its littler sibling, sporting a graphite hue. The display is greatly improved, with 50% better contrast, making everything nice and sharp. It still rocks free 3G wireless, allowing you to download books just about anywhere you are, and the display is still 9.7-inches in size, which is a ton of real estate.

Even better than all the new features, though, is the price. Amazon has slashed the price of the Kindle DX down to $379 from the previous $489 price point. That’s even cheaper than the original 6-inch Kindle when it first shipped, and the Kindle DX is a far superior product. You can pre-order the new Kindle DX now—it ships on July 7th.

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